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Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) specifications seemingly confirmed by GFXBench

The Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) has been making rounds around the rumour mill as of late, and now the device has made an appearance in the GFXBench benchmark database.

Specs confirmed?

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The GFXBench listing doesn’t mention the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015), but it is listed under the device’s codename, which is “Huawei Angler.”

Now lets get to the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015)’s leaked specs. According to the listing, the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) sports a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This confirms what we’ve been hearing from past reports. We’ve also learned from past leaks that the said device will measure 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6 / 8.5 mm, which indicates that the phablet will not be slim, but not be bulky either.

The listing reveals that the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU, under the hood coupled with 3 GB of RAM.

The listing also reveals that the phablet offers 24 GB available internal storage. This suggests that the device will come with a total of 32 GB of on internal storage. The listing did not mention whether or not the device would come with a microSD card slot, but, since 2014’s Motorola Nexus 6 did not come with the feature, we’re not exactly confident that this year’s Nexus 6 will either.

The listing reveals that the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015)’s camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that will be perfect for snapping selfies.

Here’s something new. According to the listing, the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) will come with a barometer, meaning the device can take advantage of apps or features that measure atmospheric pressure.

The last piece of information the listing has to reveal is the version of Android pre-installed in the Huawei Nexus (2015). It is listed running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. This isn’t at all surprising, since new Nexus devices are always the first devices to run a new version of Android.

We have also learned that the Nexus phablet will sport a fingerprint scanner on the rear case, but the GFXBench listing does not mention this.

So when will Google lift the lid on the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015)? Google will be hosting a press event on the 29th of September. We’re expecting the search giant to officially announce the device at the event alongside the 5.2-inch LG Nexus 5X. We may also see a new Nexus tablet (Nexus 8) make its official debut at the event, but it remains a mystery which manufacturer is behind the rumoured tablet.

According to past reports, the two new new Nexus device will ship to people who pre-ordered the phablet on the 13th of October.

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LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) to be put up for pre-order on Oct 13

We’ve learned from previous reports that Google will be lifting the lid on two new Nexus devices on the 29th of September. These include the Nexus 5X made by LG and the Nexus 6 (2015) made by Huawei. Now that we know when the search giant is planning to officially unveil the two devices, the question is, when will they be available for pre-order? According to a new report, they will be put up for pre-order on October.

Pre-order on the 13th of October

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The new rumour comes to us courtesy of TalkAndroid. According to the report, the LG Nexus 5X smartphone and the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) phablet will be available for pre-order on the 13th of October, which is two weeks after the device’s official announcement.

To recap, the LG Nexus 5X smartphone’s rumoured specs include a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Under the hood is expected to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. In the camera department, the device is said to come with a 13-megapixel with OIS and 5-megapixel camera combo.

As for the Huawei Nexus 6 (2015), it is said to come with a 5.5-inch or a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Under the hood is expected to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. There are reports that claim that the Google and Huawei are planning to swap the Snapdragon 810 for the Snapdragon 820, but we’re not sure if this is accurate since the later will not be available until the first quarter of 2016. Moving forward, other rumoured specs include 64 GB of internal storage and a 3,500 mAh battery to keep the device going for a long time.

Both device are expected to run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. Like every other Nexus device, no custom UI like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense will be slapped on top of Android. Both are also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner found on the back of the devices. If ever the two make their official debut on the 29th of September, this is the first time Google unveils two Nexus smartphones at the same in one year.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly coming with reduced TouchWiz UI

A report from South Korea is saying that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will come with a reduced TouchWiz UI, which means that the Korean tech giant will be trimming its user interface’s features down to the basics.

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This is according to an “industry source” speaking to BusinessKorea. It reports, “Samsung Electronics is expected to make an extensive change of TouchWiz, its user interface (UI), starting with its next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6. The company is planning to reduce the capacity of system memory and greatly improve its function by strengthening core features and eliminating unnecessary ones.”

The source told the site, “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google’s Nexus 6.”

Nexus devices run Android in vanilla form.

Unfortunately, there’s no way for us to find out if this is accurate or not. So treat it like any other rumour for now.

Samsung is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy S6 in March at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. We’re sure to find out by then if this rumour is true or not.

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Android source code reveals Google Nexus 6 could have had a fingerprint scanner

Apparently, Google had a few ideas for the Nexus 6 that didn’t quite make it to production. Buried within the Android source code reveals the phablet could have had a fingerprint scanner. The code also reveals that Google is still working on an official fingerprint API for Android.

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Ars Technica‘s Ron Amadeo is responsible for making the discovery. Buried within the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is a commit from late August labeled “shamu: remove fingerprint support.” This is an indication that the “Shamu” (code name of the Nexus 6) prototypes had fingerprint scanners made by Validity Sensors Inc, which was purchased by Synaptics in 2013.

So where’s the fingerprint scanner? The scanner would be touchscreen-based, meaning a huge bezel wouldn’t be required like that on the iPhone 6 for Touch ID.

Commits to AOSP were also found that hide the fingerprint API code in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) “until new API is ready.” This suggests that Nexus devices would work similar to Samsung’s swipe style fingerprint scanner, as opposed to the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor.

So what does this all mean? It a shame that we didn’t get a fingerprint scanner with the Nexus 6 this year, but we won’t be surprised if the fingerprint API would be included in Android 5.1 next year.

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Motorola reportedly cooking up a Nexus 6-like device for 2015 – sports a Snapdragon 810 and 4 GB of RAM

According to a new rumour, Motorola is cooking up a phablet just like the Nexus 6 it made for Google. The difference is, it will come with more muscle under the hood.

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The news comes to us courtesy of DROID Forums. According to its sources, the Lenovo-owned smartphone manufacturer is working on a device that has the “same physical structure of the Nexus 6, but will have improved internals.”

Rumoured specs include a 5.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and a 4000 mAh battery. The report adds that the device is expected to make its debut “in the middle of 2015.”

This is all the information that has been leaked at this point, but Phones LTD will keep you posted once more information about the rumour surfaces.